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Local organizations bring horticulture therapy program to Castle Peak, Dec. 9

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Seniors take part in terrarium making in the spring at Vail Public Library as part of the senior horticultural therapy program. The next program is Friday, Dec. 9, at Castle Peak Senior Care Center Community in Eagle.

EAGLE — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is partnering with senior-care providers, the town of Vail Public Library, ECO Transit and the United Way of the Eagle River Valley to produce a series of four horticulture therapy programs for Eagle County seniors and their caregivers. The goals of the program are to increase motor, cognitive and psychological functions while creating social and intergenerational activities.

The winter program will be held today at the newly opened Castle Peak Senior Care Center Community in Eagle. Pearl Taylor, the first resident of Castle Peak first got involved with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at the beginning and said she is thrilled to be working with the gardens again.

"It was just a small garden and you volunteered whenever you wanted," she said.

Taylor said she took great pride in Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and in her own gardens at her house. There, she created gardens that wrapped around her home with a number of secret gardens interlaced with stone and natural pathways.

"Gardening is fun and good therapy," she said. "You just follow your heart and take good care and a garden will grow."

Today, Taylor and other seniors will be making holiday gifts, scented soaps and bath salts at Castle Peak Senior Care. Additional programs will be held in the spring and summer, and the series concludes with a Senior Harvest Festival complete with a cooking demonstration.

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For more information on how you can get a senior in you care involved with the horticultural therapy program, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.

If you go …

What: Senior horticulture therapy program.

When: Friday, Dec. 9.

Where: Castle Peak Senior Care Center Community, 195 Freestone Road, Eagle.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-476-0103, ext. 3.